Losing AirPods is one thing but what happens when you lose the AirPod’s carrying case? Is there a way to find a lost AirPods case? Losing an AirPods case is extremely frustrating because it’s the only way to charge your AirPods.
Without a case, the AirPods are practically useless. What can you do? Let’s take a look at your options. I’ll also cover some preventative measures to secure your AirPod’s case in the future.
How to Find AirPod’s Case
The AirPods charging case does not have any built-in location tracking features. If your AirPods are in the case, you can get an approximate idea of the last location by checking the Find My app and selecting AirPods. Bear in mind, AirPod’s in a case won’t play a sound because they’re disconnected from Bluetooth.
What happens if you have the AirPods but can’t find the charging case? Unfortunately, there’s no way to track the charging case, so you’ll need to physically search the last place you saw them. Most people give up and resort to buying a whole new set of AirPods. Before you do that, consider these other options.
AirPod Case Replacement
Request a Replacement AirPod Case from Apple
Apple allows customers to order an AirPods case replacement. Your best option would be to contact Apple and request an AirPods case replacement using the official Apple repair website.
You can also visit an Apple Store and ask for a replacement case, but make sure to bring your AirPods as proof of purchase, the receipt, or the original AirPods shipping box.
In most cases, an Apple Center will grant you a replacement case. However, it will likely cost $69 or more. Buying an AirPods replacement case from Apple is cheaper than buying a whole new set of AirPods. A replacement case will need to be repaired with your AirPods once again.
Now there’s another option:
Buy a Third-Party AirPod Charging Case
Buy a third-party AirPods case. While this option is not ideal for people who paid for a premium brand-name product, it’s a way to save some money. The thing is AirPods cases don’t do much besides provide a Bluetooth connection to the AirPods and charge them.
There are plenty of third-party AirPods cases that you can find online that can charge the AirPods. They’re also cheaper than buying a replacement case from Apple. Just make sure the case you buy matches the same generation of AirPods you have, or they might not fit in the case.
Some of these third-party cases also include security features that Apple failed to include, such as a keychain attachment, making them easier to find. Not to mention third-party AirPod cases come in a wide variety of styles, colours, and designs. So that’s an alternative to getting a replacement AirPod case from Apple.
Unfortunately, if you lose the AirPod case, there’s no way to get a free replacement from Apple.
How to Stop Losing Your AirPod Case
Once you have a new AirPod case, there are some steps you can take to make it easier to find, if you happen to lose it again. Since there’s no way to find the location of an AirPods case, it’s a good idea to take some preventative measures.
Buy an AirPods Case Cover
These are like a protective case for your AirPod charging case; you slide the AirPods case into the cover and it will keep it secure.
I recommend buying an AirPod case cover that has a keychain or hooks to attach other items to. It’s a really cheap accessory and it can save you the hassle of spending $69 or more on a case replacement.
Here’s one good case available on Amazon:
Attach an Air Tag to Your AirPod’s Case
For this idea, you will need an Air Tag which is sometimes included in purchases of new Apple products.
Air Tags are Apple’s new location tracking devices that help you track belongings like backpacks and suitcases. Air Tags can piggyback and be pinged by any nearby iPhone, making them easy to locate.
Just remember Air Tags only work if another iPhone is near, and even then, they’ll only be detectable within 15 feet. Within 15 ft, the precision tracking will turn on, which will show an arrow pointing towards the Air Tag and the approximate distance.
So the idea is to attach an Air Tag to your AirPods case. Unfortunately, the original AirPod cases don’t have a hook for attachments, and the Air Tags also don’t have a loop for accessories.
However, if you buy an AirPod case cover that has a hook and then an Air Tag key ring you can attach them to one another. With this DIY trick, you’ll be able to track the location of your AirPod’s case anywhere, as long it’s near an Apple device.
Attach Contact Information to Your AirPod Case
If you bought an AirPod case cover that has a hook for accessories, you can attach a little nametag keyring or note that contains your contact information. You can write information such as your name, phone number, or PO box. That way if somebody finds your AirPods case they can easily figure out who to return it to.
The Bottom Line
Unfortunately, if you only lose your AirPod charging case there’s no way to locate them without physically searching the area. However, you can request a replacement from Apple, order an official case online, or buy a third-party charging case. In most cases, a replacement from Apple will cost $69 from an official Apple store.
When you have a new case, you can make it easier for people to return it by using an AirPod case cover and attaching contact information to it. You can also consider hanging on Air Tag on the case, so you can track it from your iPhone.